Applications now open for the Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship

What learning experience have you always dreamed of?


Stephanie Garry Garfunkel



Jacksonville, Florida — October 5, 2020 —Applications for the Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship are now open for Duval County public school teachers who want to pursue a professional learning experience of their own design as an individual or a team.

The Fellowship is intended to identify and reward excellence in teaching and support a program of professional learning or research. It will provide successful applicants up to $6,500 per teacher or $10,000 per teacher team to pursue career-enhancing strategies for professional educators.

In spring 2020, the inaugural year of the Fellowship, eleven outstanding public school teachers were selected as the first winners of the Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, including two individual teachers and two teaching teams: Denisha Campbell of Pine Estates Elementary; Denise Harbin of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts; Chets Creek Elementary teachers Carly Fisher, Debbie Harbour, Michelle Ellis and Julie Witt; and San Jose Elementary teachers Caran Mullins, Gisell Bacerra, Adrienne Lodico, Jennifer Eavenson and Ali Clark.

“Great teachers share an incredible passion to elevate their practice so they can be more effective in the classroom,” noted Cindy Edelman, who is a retired art history educator. “With this fellowship, I hope we can open doors for these dedicated professionals to have the learning experience they seek to advance their craft and deliver even more impact for our students.”

The Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship is administered by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF). The Fellowship is supported by a permanent fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, which Dan Edelman initiated to honor his wife Cindy, an impassioned public education champion.

“Investing in excellent education will always yield an invaluable return to our children and the entire community, and I could not be more grateful to the Edelmans for this tremendous gift to our educators,” said Duval County Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene. “Our teachers are our foundation. They are what keep Team Duval moving forward, and I know these fellowships will provide more fuel in our journey to becoming an A-district with outstanding student achievement.”

Applications for The Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship are open now—the deadline to apply is February 21, 2021. Fellowships are available to full-time public school teachers in any subject area from both traditional public schools and public charter schools. Funds can be used for approved expenses for any learning experience that will help transform their classroom teaching and provide greater impact for their students. If selected, the grantee’s funds must be spent within one year of being awarded the grant. Please go to for details and instructions on how to apply.


About the Jacksonville Public Education Fund


The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is a research-driven independent nonprofit organization that is working to close the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color in Duval County. We believe public schools have made tremendous progress over the last ten years, but we cannot stop working until every student is prepared for success in college, career and life. We spread equity-focused best practices in schools by building the capacity of school leaders, teacher leaders and parent leaders. For more information:




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